Easter-7 (Yr A) May 21, 2023






PRELUDE                “Deck Thyself, My Soul, With Gladness”                          G F Handel


OPENING HYMN             “Lord enthroned in heavenly splendor”                     Hymnal #307


1   Lord, enthroned in heavenly splendor,

          first-begotten from the dead.

     Thou alone, our strong defender,

          liftest up thy people’s head.

                        Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

          Jesus, true and living bread!


2   Here our humblest homage pay we,

          here in loving reverence bow;

     here for faith’s discernment pray we,

          lest we fail to know thee now.

                        Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

          Thou art here, we ask not how.


3   Though the lowliest form doth veil thee

          as of old in Bethlehem,

     here as there thine angels hail thee,

          branch and flower of Jesse’s stem.

                        Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

          We in worship join with them.


4   Paschal Lamb, thine offering, finished

          once for all when thou wast slain,

     in its fullness undiminished

          shall for evermore remain.

                        Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

          Cleansing us from every stain.


5   Life-imparting heavenly Manna,

          smitten Rock with streaming side,

     heaven and earth with loud hosanna

          worship thee, the Lamb who died.

                        Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

          Risen, ascended, glorified!



Celebrant    Alleluia. Christ is risen.      

People         The Lord is risen indeed. Alleluia.



Almighty God, to you all hearts are open, all desires known, and from you no secrets are hid: Cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, that we may perfectly love you, and worthily magnify your holy Name; through Christ our Lord. Amen.


HYMN OF PRAISE                                             “Canticle 13”                                        Hymn #S236


1. Glory to you, Lord God of our Fathers;

you are worthy of praise; glory to you.


2. Glory to you for the radiance of your holy Name;

we will praise you and highly exalt you forever.


3. Glory to you in the splendor of your temple;

on the throne of your majesty, Glory to you.


4. Glory to you seated before the Cheribim;

we will praise you and highly exalt you forever.


5. Glory to you beholding the depths;

in the high vault of heaven. Glory to you.


6. Glory to you Father, Son, and Holy Spirit;

we will highly exalt you forever.



Celebrant    The Lord be with you.

People         And also with you


Celebrant    Let us pray

O God, the King of glory, you have exalted your only Son Jesus Christ with great triumph to your kingdom in heaven: Do not leave us comfortless, but send us your Holy Spirit to strengthen us, and exalt us to that place where our Savior Christ has gone before; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, in glory everlasting. .Amen.


Please be seated for the lessons.


FIRST LESSON                   Acts 1:6-14                    A Reading from the Acts of the Apostles

When the apostles had come together, they asked Jesus, “Lord, is this the time when you will restore the kingdom to Israel?” He replied, “It is not for you to know the times or periods that the Father has set by his own authority. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” When he had said this, as they were watching, he was lifted up, and a cloud took him out of their sight. While he was going and they were gazing up toward heaven, suddenly two men in white robes stood by them. They said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking up toward heaven? This Jesus, who has been taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw him go into heaven.”

Then they returned to Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is near Jerusalem, a sabbath day’s journey away. When they had entered the city, they went to the room upstairs where they were staying, Peter, and John, and James, and Andrew, Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew, James son of Alphaeus, and Simon the Zealot, and Judas son of James. All these were constantly devoting themselves to prayer, together with certain women, including Mary the mother of Jesus, as well as his brothers.


The Word of the Lord Response: Thanks be to God.



PSALM                Psalm 68:1-10, 33-36                          Read responsively by whole verse.


1 Let God arise, and let his enemies be scattered; *
let those who hate him flee before him.

     2 Let them vanish like smoke when the wind drives it away; *
     as the wax melts at the fire, so let the wicked perish at the presence of God.

3 But let the righteous be glad and rejoice before God; *
let them also be merry and joyful.

     4 Sing to God, sing praises to his Name;
     exalt him who rides upon the heavens; *
     YAHWEH is his Name, rejoice before him!

5 Father of orphans, defender of widows, *
God in his holy habitation!

     6 God gives the solitary a home and brings forth prisoners into freedom; *
     but the rebels shall live in dry places.

7 O God, when you went forth before your people, *
when you marched through the wilderness,

     8 The earth shook, and the skies poured down rain,
     at the presence of God, the God of Sinai, *
     at the presence of God, the God of Israel.

9 You sent a gracious rain, O God, upon your inheritance; *
you refreshed the land when it was weary.

     10 Your people found their home in it; *
     in your goodness, O God, you have made provision for the poor.

33 Sing to God, O kingdoms of the earth; *
sing praises to the Lord.

     34 He rides in the heavens, the ancient heavens; *
     he sends forth his voice, his mighty voice.

35 Ascribe power to God; *
his majesty is over Israel;
his strength is in the skies.

     36 How wonderful is God in his holy places! *
     the God of Israel giving strength and power to his people!
     Blessed be God!



EPISTLE                         1 Peter 4:12-14; 5:6-11                   A Reading from the First Letter of Peter

Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal that is taking place among you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice insofar as you are sharing Christ’s sufferings, so that you may also be glad and shout for joy when his glory is revealed. If you are reviled for the name of Christ, you are blessed, because the spirit of glory, which is the Spirit of God, is resting on you.


Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, so that he may exalt you in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him, because he cares for you. Discipline yourselves, keep alert. Like a roaring lion your adversary the devil prowls around, looking for someone to devour. Resist him, steadfast in your faith, for you know that your brothers and sisters in all the world are undergoing the same kinds of suffering. And after you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, support, strengthen, and establish you. To him be the power forever and ever. Amen.


The Word of the Lord Response: Thanks be to God.


GRADUAL                              “Jesus loves me”                                                           Hymn #218 LEVAS


1 Jesus loves me, this I know,
for the Bible tells me so.
Little ones to him belong;
they are weak, but he is strong.

Yes, Jesus loves me! Yes, Jesus loves me!
Yes, Jesus loves me! The Bible tells me so.


2 Jesus loves me he who died
heaven’s gate to open wide.
He will wash away my sin,
let his little child come in. [Refrain]



3. Jesus take this heart of mine.

Make it pure and wholly thine.

On the cross you died for me.

I will try to live for thee.




GOSPEL          John 17:1-11

Deacon or Priest: The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to John

People: Glory to you Lord Christ.


Jesus looked up to heaven and said, “Father, the hour has come; glorify your Son so that the Son may glorify you, since you have given him authority over all people, to give eternal life to all whom you have given him. And this is eternal life, that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent. I glorified you on earth by finishing the work that you gave me to do. So now, Father, glorify me in your own presence with the glory that I had in your presence before the world existed.


”I have made your name known to those whom you gave me from the world. They were yours, and you gave them to me, and they have kept your word. Now they know that everything you have given me is from you; for the words that you gave to me I have given to them, and they have received them and know in truth that I came from you; and they have believed that you sent me. I am asking on their behalf; I am not asking on behalf of the world, but on behalf of those whom you gave me, because they are yours. All mine are yours, and yours are mine; and I have been glorified in them. And now I am no longer in the world, but they are in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, protect them in your name that you have given me, so that they may be one, as we are one.”


The Gospel of the Lord. Response: Praise to you Lord Christ


SERMON                                                                                                              Mr. Baker Meyer




We believe in one God,

           the Father, the Almighty,

maker of heaven and earth,

of all that is, seen and unseen.

We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ,

the only Son of God, eternally begotten of the Father,

God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God,

begotten, not made, of one Being with the Father.

Through him all things were made.

For us and for our salvation he came down from heaven:

  by the power of the Holy Spirit  he became incarnate from the Virginn 

            Mary, and was made man.

For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate; he suffered death

   and was buried.

On the third day he rose again in accordance with the Scriptures;

     he ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the


He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead,

and his kingdom will have no end.

We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life,

who proceeds from the Father and the Son.

With the Father and the Son he is worshiped and glorified.

He has spoken through the Prophets.

We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church.

We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.

We look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen.





The celebration continues with the Prayers of the People. Please keep silence between the        petitions until you are invited to add your own intentions.


I ask your prayers for God’s people throughout the world; for Wayne, Ken, Nedi, and Wendell, our bishops; for this gathering; and for all ministers and people.

Pray for the Church.


I ask your prayers for peace; for goodwill among nations; and for the well-being of all people.

Pray for justice and peace.


I ask your prayers for the poor, the sick, the hungry, the oppressed and those in


Pray for those in any need or trouble.


I ask your prayers for all who seek God, or a deeper knowledge of God.

Pray that they may find and be found by God.


I ask your prayers for the departed.

Pray for those who have died.


I ask your prayers and thanksgivings for those people and situations on your heart.(please add your own petitions)


Praise God for those in every generation in whom Christ has been honored. Pray that we may have grace to glorify Christ in our own day.



Celebrant:  Hasten, O Father, the coming of your kingdom; and grant that we your servants, who now live by faith, may with joy behold your Son at his coming in glorious majesty; even Jesus Christ, our only Mediator and Advocate. Amen.



Celebrant: The Peace of the Lord be always with you.

Response: And also with you.


Please greet one another with a sign of peace.





“All hail the power of Jesus’ Name” by Henry Lay; sung by Laura Leach.



The Celebrant will invite the congregation to participate in the offering with a sentence of scripture. As the ushers bring the gifts to the altar, please sing the following:


Praise God from whom all blessings flow; Praise God all creatures here below;

Praise God above ye heavenly host; Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.

Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia.





Celebrant   The Lord be with you.         

People         And also with you.

Celebrant    Lift up your hearts.

People         We lift them to the Lord.

Celebrant Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

People It is right to give him thanks and praise.

Through your dearly beloved Son Jesus Christ our Lord. After his glorious resurrection he openly appeared to his disciples, and in their sight ascended into heaven, to prepare a place for us; that where he is, there we might also be, and reign with him in glory.

Therefore we praise you, joining our voices with Angels and Archangels and with all the company of heaven, who for ever sing this hymn to proclaim the glory of your Name:


SANCTUS                                                                                                                        HYMN S128


All: Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might,

heaven and earth are full of your glory.

Hosanna in the highest.

Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.

Hosanna in the highest.



The people stand or kneel. Then the Celebrant continues


We give thanks to you, O God, for the goodness and love which you have made known to us in creation; in the calling of Israel to be your people; in your Word spoken through the prophets; and above all in the Word made flesh, Jesus, your Son. For in these last days you sent him to be incarnate from the Virgin Mary, to be the Savior and Redeemer of the world.

In him, you have delivered us from evil, and made us worthy to stand before you. In him, you have brought us out of error into truth, out of sin into righteousness, out of death into life.


On the night before he died for us, our Lord Jesus Christ took bread; and when he had given thanks to you, he broke it, and gave it to his disciples, and said, “Take, eat: This is my Body, which is given for you. Do this for the remembrance of me.”


After supper he took the cup of wine; and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, and said, “Drink this, all of you: This is my Blood of the new Covenant, which is shed for you and for many for the forgiveness of sins. Whenever you drink it, do this for the remembrance of me.”


Therefore, according to his command, O Father,

Celebrant and People


We remember his death,
We proclaim his resurrection,
We await his coming in glory;


The Celebrant continues

And we offer our sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving to you, O Lord of all; presenting to you, from your creation, this bread and this wine.


We pray you, gracious God, to send your Holy Spirit upon these gifts that they may be the Sacrament of the Body of Christ and his Blood of the new Covenant.


Unite us to your Son in his sacrifice, that we may be acceptable through him, being sanctified by the Holy Spirit.


In the fullness of time, put all things in subjection under your Christ, and bring us to
that heavenly country where, with all your saints, we may enter the everlasting heritage of your sons and daughters; through Jesus Christ our Lord, the firstborn of all
creation, the head of the Church, and the author of our salvation.


By him, and with him, and in him, in the unity of the Holy Spirit all honor and glory is yours, Almighty Father, now and for ever. AMEN.


As our Savior Christ has taught us, we now pray,

Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your Name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us. Save us from the time of trial, and    deliver us from evil. For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours, now and forever.  Amen.


THE FRACTION/THE BREAKING OF THE BREAD                                          Hymn #875


Be known to us Lord Jesus in the breaking of the bread

Be known to us Lord Jesus in the breaking of the bread


The bread which we break alleluia is the communion of the body of Christ

Be known to us Lord Jesus in the breaking of the bread


One body are we alleluia for though many we share one bread

Be known to us Lord Jesus in the breaking of the bread


(The disciples knew the Lord Jesus in the breaking of the bread.)




Celebrant    The Gifts of God for the People of God.



COMMUNION HYMN                “Deck thyself, my soul, with gladness”                   Hymnal #339


1  Deck thyself, my soul, with gladness,

     leave the gloomy haunts of sadness,

     come into the daylight’s splendor,

     there with joy thy praises render

     unto him whose grace unbounded

     hath this wondrous banquet founded—

     high o’er all the heavens he reigneth,

     yet to dwell with thee he deigneth.



2  Sun, who all my life dost brighten;

     Light, who dost my soul enlighten;

     Joy, the best that any knoweth;

     Fount, whence all my being floweth:

     at thy feet I cry, my Maker,

     let me be a fit partaker

     of this blessèd food from heaven,

     for our good, thy glory, given.



3  Jesus, Bread of Life, I pray thee,

     let me gladly here obey thee;

     never to my hurt invited,

     be thy love with love requited;

     from this banquet let me measure,

     Lord, how vast and deep its treasure;

     through the gifts thou here dost give me,

     as thy guest in heaven receive me.




Celebrant      Let us pray. 

Almighty and everliving God, we thank you for feeding us with the spiritual

Food of the most precious Body and Blood of your Son our Savior Jesus

Christ; and for assuring us in these holy mysteries that we are living mem-

bers of the Body of your Son, and heirs of your eternal kingdom.


And now, Father, send us out to do the work you have given us to do, to love

and serve you as faithful witnesses of Christ our Lord . To him, to you, and to

the Holy Spirit, be honor and glory, now and for ever. Amen.





RECESSIONAL HYMN                “Crown him with many crowns”                      Hymn #494


1  Crown him with many crowns,

          the Lamb upon his throne;

     Hark! how the heavenly anthem drowns

          all music but its own;

     awake, my soul, and sing

          of him who died for thee,

     and hail him as thy matchless King

          through all eternity.


2  Crown him the Son of God

          before the worlds began,

     and ye, who tread where he hath trod,

          crown him the Son of man;

     who every grief hath known

          that wrings the human breast,

     and takes and bears them for his own,

          that all in him may rest.


3  Crown him the Lord of life,

          who triumphed o’er the grave,

     and rose victorious in the strife

          for those he came to save;

     his glories now we sing

          who died, and rose on high,

     who died, eternal life to bring,

          and lives that death may die.


4  Crown him of lords the Lord,

          who over all doth reign,

     who once on earth, the incarnate Word,

          for ransomed sinners slain,

     now lives in realms of light,

          where saints with angels sing

     their songs before him day and night,

          their God, Redeemer, King.


5  Crown him the Lord of heaven,

          enthroned in worlds above;

     Crown him the King, to whom is given

          the wondrous name of Love.

     Crown him with many crowns,

          as thrones before him fall,

     crown him, ye kings, with many crowns,

          for he is King of all.




The congregation is dismissed.

People             Thanks be to God.


POSTLUDE                    Diademata        Charles Callahan






Ministers for May 21, 2023

Acolyte: Elizabeth Wagner-Weber

Lay Readers: Judy Rudd and Jackie Hoskinson

Chalice Bearers: Carol Williamson and Judy Rudd

Tech: Gary Welch

Ushers: Carol Williamson and Tony Rubino

Counters: Tony Rubino and Mary-Anna Welch

Open/Close: Rudd/Rubino

Candle: Ann and Howard Philips

Coffee Hour: TJ Walch and Carol Nancarrow—Ice Cream Social


Ministers for May 28, 2023

Acolyte: Gabriel Walch and Elizabeth Reuter

Lay Readers: Susan Kendall and Gary Welch

Chalice Bearers: Jim Rudd and Kendall Rubino

Tech/Facebook Live: Gary Welch

Ushers: Jim Rudd and Dave Reuter

Counters: Jim Rudd and Dave Reuter

Open/Close: Welch/Rudd

Coffee Hour: ???


Thank you Baker Meyer!

Our visiting preacher this morning is the senior warden of St. Anne’s Episcopal Church in West Chester. They are also a church in transition. Baker is a licensed lay preacher in the diocese.


Adult Formation: What Episcopalians Need to Know about the Prayer Book

We use bulletins on Sunday to make visitors feel more welcome and to help those who have vision or mobility issues worship more easily. The Book of Common Prayer is a theological gem that is largely unsued by those in the pews. Join Rev. Cricket over the next several weeks to learn about the treasure we call the “BCP”.


Safe Church Training—Time to Renew

The Formation office asks that all priests and rectors works with staff, vestry members, treasurers, convention delegates, church staff, licensed and lay leadership, key holders, and children’s ministers/volunteers to be compliant with Safe Church and Anti-Racism training as soon as possible.  Safe Church Training  is done online through Praesidium.  Go to diosohio.org/safe-church-training/ and create your account to be able to take the courses. Questions: email Emma Helms-Steinmetz (ehelms-steinmetz@diosohio.org )


Pentecost is May 28th! What language do you speak?

It is also Memorial Day weekend. For the morning, please ignore the ‘white and blue’ and just wear red to church. We will remember those armed services members who gave the ultimate sacrifice for our country. The Holy Spirit, however, will not be ignored. Will there be flames above our heads? Come and see! Also, please email Rev. Cricket (revcricketpark@gmail.com) if you can read a Bible passage in a language other than English.


Softball has begun!

Cheer on the St. Mark’s team at Fairfield Ball Park, 627 N. Broad St., Fairborn, OH 45324. Dates and times are below in the Calendar.


Canterbury Court (CCT) Ministries
The following ministry opportunities are available for our support to Canterbury Court:

  1. Butterfly Garden: You may help in two ways: 1) Weeding and planting on May 24th from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. and/or 2) Donating sun-loving perennials and annuals.
  2. Arts & Crafts: (“Make it & Take it”) Classes: Conduct arts and crafts classes for 10 residents from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. on June 19th or July 17th
  3. Costume Jewelry: Donations of costume jewelry to raise money to support the activities of the CCT residents.
  4. Loops & Stitches Group: Join the group that does all kinds of handiwork such as crochet, cross stitch, and needlepoint on Wednesday afternoons from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Children and grandchildren are also welcome to do or learn to do handiwork. If you are interested in learning more, the Group is having an open house at Canterbury Court on May 17th from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

If you are interested in becoming involved in any of the above activities, please contact Jim Rudd.


Mark your Calendar:

TODAY, Sunday School Recognition

May 23, Softball at Fairfield Park (vs. Medway UMC) 8:30pm

May 25, Vestry Meeting 7:00pm in the Fellowship Hall

May 28, Pentecost and Memorial Day weekend

May 30, Softball at Fairfield Park (vs. Central Ave Church of Christ) 7:15pm

June 3, Dayton Pride Festival


Dayton-area Episcopal churches will march in the Pride Parade and host a booth at Dayton’s Pride Festival on June 3rd and we need your help!  Booth set up is at 10am on Courthouse Square. Volunteer shifts of one hour begin at noon and end at 4pm. Lots of folks are needed to march in the parade, which starts at Cooper Park, winds through Downtown Dayton, ending at Courthouse Square.  At 4:30pm, willing hands are needed to teardown and clean up the booth. If you’re interested in volunteering at the booth or marching in the parade, contact Katherine Wagner or use the QR code found in the bulletin.




St. Mark’s is a parish in the Diocese of Southern Ohio, which is part of the worldwide Anglican Communion. The diocese is currently in a search for its next Bishop.



Libby Nicholson, Senior Warden 

Kendall Rubino, Junior Warden 

Fred Berta 

Jackie Hoskinson 

Patricia Tallman 

Elizabeth Wagner-Weber 

Jenna Walch 


Don Nancarrow, Treasurer

Dave Reuter, Recorder


Interim Rector

Rev. Cricket Park st_marks@ameritech.net;

Office Hours by appointment. 937-256-1082






Our Mission Statement:


“We gather for worship, education and mutual support;

welcome all people; and serve the community in God’s name”.


A prayer for St. Mark’s in a time of transition

O Lord, Father of life and change, of new and old: You gifted us with abilities to speak and listen, to hear and decide, to choose and know. We thank you for teaching us how to used these abilities, though we must at times remember to combine them with patience. Remind us to speak with kindness, to listen to understand, to hear all voices, to decide on what is just and true, to choose the path of peace, and to know we are not alone. Be with us in this time of transition, that it is as effective as it is unsettling, as comforting as it is confusing. And never leave our side on the journey ahead, as we strive for an unknown destination. In the name of your Son Jesus, who walks alongside us, we pray. Amen.

(written by Elizabeth Wagner-Weber)



The Rev. Cricket Park, Interim Priest-in-Charge




Libby Nicholson – Senior Warden;   Kendall Rubino – Junior Warden,



Donna Larsen, Music Director/Organist,



St. Mark’s Episcopal Church

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Dayton, OH 45431


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